Visitors since 1 January 2011
UPDATED TUE 10 DEC 2013
NEWS and INFORMATION
Be sure to visit the Events Calendar to stay informed!!
Nat'l, Dept & Post
AMVETS Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference Attendees Evaluations
IRS Requiring DD-214s
Harry Neal, AMVETS
National Membership Director
This is the link to the complete IRS Examining Process for Veterans Organizations.
The excerpt below gives inspectors the option of reviewing DD214s.
188.8.131.52 (01-27-2011) Field Examination Guidelines
1. Review the following to determine the composition of membership of the organization:
- A. Articles of incorporation, charter, bylaws, and meeting minutes,
- B. Membership applications, DD Forms 214, or other discharge documents,
- C. Membership cards and master member lists if they designate status as veteran, non-veteran, auxiliary, or other membership class, and
- D. The dues structure for the classes of membership.
NOTE: The organization must maintain members' military service dates to establish that contributions to the organization are deductible, if a war veterans' organization under IRC §170(c)(3).
American Legion Post 447 in Round Rock, Texas, was fined $12,000 for lack of compliance before rounding up the necessary official documents (DD 214’s) to satisfy inspectors.
As we look into where and when the IRS mandate was created we suggest you hedge you bets and come into compliance. If an inspector came to your post and wanted to see your members DD 214’s how long it would take to produce them? It took the legion 12 days at $1,000 dollars a day.
The Committee on Veterans' Affairs asked Daniel Werfel, Acting IRS Commissioner for clarification in writing "regarding this serious and troubling change in IRS policy" on 29 August 2013. September 3 was the deadline for the IRS to respond with "complete written justification for requiring veterans organizations' to provide these materials." The IRS missed the deadline.
With that said ask your members to find their DD 214s. If it blows over, shred the documents if it doesn't, you will be ready for the knock at your door. If a member cant find his DD 214 he can request one at this site.
Korean War Veterans
Sometime in October
Subject to Funding
[ PDF Flyer ]
Uniform for Success
FREE Suits for Veterans
Gary Sinise Foundation
11 November 2013
News from National
1. eKnowledge is giving Military families $250 SAT and ACT test prep programs for just the cost/shipping of the programs (under $20)...the fee covers everything, including: materials, shipping, student support, and streaming. You may request your programs at: www.eKnowledge.com/AMVETS (A great opportunity for Vets and/or children and grandchildren.) [ PDF Flyer ]
2. VAVS – That stands for Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service!
- Many of our AMVETS family are very familiar with this acronym because it is the largest single volunteer program that our membership supports, but we need many more. I have included a couple of VAVS bits of info; a copy of The Eagle, the VACO Newsletter that highlights Laura Balun's retirement because many of you have got to know her over the years and the URL to the VA Voluntary Service landing page. This website/pages have a lot of great info for our Reps and Deps, as well as baseline info for those of you wanting to know more about the Program. [ Eagle PDF ]
- http://www.volunteer.va.gov/index.asp (Make sure to check out the locations of the nine scheduled Welcome Home events and engage in the one near you.)
ALERT! *** EXTREMELY URGENT! ***
All Posts that have M1 Garand rifles on loan from the Dept. of the Army. (All of our AMVETS Posts conducting Military Funeral Honors). Please note the following SAFETY MESSAGE from US Army Joint Munitions Command, read carefully and disseminate in your respective Departments. There are two PDF's attached: 1) The full safety message 2) Operation & Maintenance Guide.
At least two Veterans performing Firing Detail honors have been seriously hurt by M1 Garands blowing up due to incorrect ammunition being fired.
Dan Saito, US Army Joint Munitions Command
Quality Engineering Division
1 Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, IL 61299
DEPARTMENT OF NEBRASKA NEWSLETTER
News to Use
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08 February 2013 |
15 February 2013
- 01 March 2013 |
15 March 2013 |
22 March 2013 | 28 March 2013
- 09 April 2013 |
19 April 2013 |
26 April 2013
- 03 May 2013 | 10 May 2013 | 17 May 2013 | 31 May 2013
- 07 June 2013 | 21 June 2013 | 28 June 2013
- 03 July 2013 | 12 July 2013
- 16 August 2013 | 30 August 2013
- 20 September 2013 |
- 17 October 2013 | 25 October 2013
- 01 November 2013 | 14 November 2013 | 22 November 2013
Earlier This Year
Job Fair Event
Nebraska Deptartment of Labor
5717 F Street, Omaha NE
TUE 05 NOV, 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Djureen, Donald Ray (Age 80)
Published in Omaha World-Herald from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19,2013
Donald Djureen, of Omaha, passed away at his home on Saturday, October 12, 2013, after a long illness. Co-Owner of D&M Decorating Inc., he is survived by his wife, Colleen; sons, Mike Djureen and wife Dianne of Omaha, and Todd Djureen of San Francisco, CA; daughter, Cheri and husband Mike Morehead of Papillion, NE; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister Betty Eby of Omaha; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
VISITATION with the family will be held Sunday, October 20, 3-6pm at Northwest Hills Church. SERVICES for Donald will be 11am Monday at the Church. Memorials are suggested to Northwest Hills Church. CHAPEL OF MEMORIES, 9001 Arbor Street #111 402-551-1011 - omahachapelofmemories.com
Don was a past commander of AMVETS POST 0025, he worked hard at making the post a going concern.
Fall S.E.C. Meeting
SATURDAY 28 SEP 2013
2431 N 48th Street
MON 02 SEP
GAME TIME 12:05PM
07 - 10 NOV 2013
ACTION REQUIRED BY
31 August 2013
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Grand Island State Fair Rooms
1 Room FRI 30 AUG 2013
1 Room SAT 31 AUG 2013
Howard Johnson Motel
Locust & Hwy 34
CONTACT: Albert (Loyd) Christner
A S A P
FREE Veterans Art Sessions
July 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Sponsors include Vets4Vets, At Ease and Bellevue University Veterans Service Center
Leaders - Heroes - Role Models
THE AMERICAN WAY
THU 22 AUG 2013 7:30pm
Elkhorn South High School
20303 Blue Sage Parkway
FREE EVENT - OPEN TO ALL
(while seating lasts)
Speakers will be available at 6:30pm for autographs.
"My Men Are My Heroes" will be available for purchase.
Free Afternoon Event Open to Students 12:30-2pm
More Info: patrioticproductions.org
NATIONAL AMVETS CONVENTION
69th National Convention 26 July - 04 August 2013
John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks NV 89431
Information about the convention, hotel, transportation, Reno/Tahoe-area sites and events, and registration click here.
Register for the convention and/or the National Commanders/Presidents Banquet, which will be held on Friday, August 2: HERE. The convention pre-registration fee is $45.00 and ends on July 1; from July 2-19, registration will be $55.00; after July 19, registration is only at the convention. Banquet tickets may be purchased for $60.00 until July 19 or during the convention.
Gift to Veterans
1 - 7 July
The 4th of July is a special day for veterans. The 1st patriots in America shed their blood to throw off the yolk of oppression. We, the American Military, trace our roots to these first patriots. To honor this special day in America, Posts can take this opportunity to give gift memberships to veterans as a salute to patriotic service. HQ will forgive our Dues, Posts can forgive their dues (Departments: it's up to you). If your Department agrees, spread the word.
Add members through the Dept/Post Join online. It only lasts one week, start your list today! At the end of the week send spreadsheet to HQ with the names and member numbers.
I checked with the commander about this and she liked the idea. So for July 1st - 7th the Department of Nebraska will offer FREE ANNUAL membership. Let's get some new members signed up and build up our Posts.
Dennis M. Sweeney
Executive Dir. Finance Officer
Deborah L. Wehrli
AMVETS Department of NE
The Warrior's Code prevents Combat Vet suicides (2-2)
From: Paul Allen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2013 12:13 PM
The "Warriors Code of Honor" has come to the attention of the Idaho Department of Purple Heart Medal Recipients (MOPH). The Code will sound very familiar to those of us who are Combat Veterans no matter what war we fought in. Its author is a Purple Heart Medal recipient who was a Combat Infantryman.
The reason for this email is to seek your help in spreading the word about the Code -- which is now preventing combat vet suicides -- so that some suicide prevents grow into many suicide prevents. Currently 35 Purple Heart Medal Recipients (20 Marine, 14 Army, and 1 Navy) plus PTSD experts testify that it helps veterans, warrior’s currently serving, their loved ones and civilians to read the Code's website at www.warriorscodeofhonor.com. You are invited to visit this site and see what they say about it. Currently the Code is being issued to Vets diagnosed with PTSD by the VA in the greater Augusta, Georgia area and in a rapidly increasing number of other VA systems. At Fort Gordon near Augusta the Code is issued to warriors currently serving awaiting medical discharge, and also to new recruits. This routine issue of the Code has the support of both the Army and VA and is to become the standard model within the VA system and the Department of Defense.
Armed Forces Day
18 May 2013
Annual Nebraska AMVETS Golf Tournament
17 May 2013 - 9:00am Shotgun Start
Syracuse Country Club, Syracuse NE
Four Person Texas Scramble Format
$60.00 / Person Entry includes Golf, Cart, Food, and Flag & Door Prizes
Money raised goes towards Buses for Nebraska Veterans Homes &
AMVETS Nebraska Scholarship Fund
Entry Deadline 10 May 2013
Military Appreciation Night
Creighton v MO State
The Veterans in Business Forum in partnership with Creighton University is sponsoring the 2013
"Salute to Our Military Community" Baseball Game on Friday May 17, 2013 at TD Ameritrade Park, 13th and
Mike Fahey Drive, Omaha Nebraska
6:30PM Families of the Fallen Walk from the Holiday Inn Hotel on 14th Street & Cuming Street to the TD Ameritrade Park.
6:50PM Pre-Game Activities: Flyover by World War II P-51 Mustang; Paratroop Drop; Presentation of the Colors by United States Strategic Command Elite Color Guard; Benson High School ROTC holding a 30' X 60' American Flag; Singing of the National Anthem by SMSGT Jimmy Weber.
7:00PM Creighton Blue Jays vs Missouri State
There will be events throughout the game. Post-game activities are fireworks preceded by Echo Taps and the jumbo screen scrolling the names and pictures of the Nebraska and western Iowa fallen from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
Free Family Passes, redeemable for up to 6 free reserved seat tickets are available for retirees,
veterans, active duty, members of the national guard and reserves and their families. Go to
Salute Military or Facebook For a list of family pass pick up locations.
For All Others Who Would Like to Attend Reserved Seat Tickets for $10 available at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Box Office and Creighton University Ryan Athletic Center Ticket Office 18th and Burt St.
If anyone who wishes to make a tax deductible donation to the Families of the Fallen Dinner please mail your check to: The Midlands Community Foundation, 945 North Adams Street, Suite 7, Papillion, NE 68046-3111; Payable to - "Salute Our Military Community"
MCC Job Fair
15 May 2013
MCC South Campus
AMVETS National Training Conference
A wonderful tribute to our heroes who have fallen during the Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn Campaigns.
06 - 10 May 2013: Fort Omaha Campus
Building 21 Atrium, 30th & Fort Streets
Reception: 10 May, 1:00-1:30pm
13 - 15 May 2013: South Omaha Campus
Industrial Training Center Commons, 27th & Q Streets
Free and Open to the Public
VVA NESC Poker Run
Saturday, 05 May 2013
Start at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home, Saturday, May 5, 2013, 40th and Capehart, Bellevue NE at 9:00 registration
Flags to Half-Staff
Honoring the victims of the tragedy in Boston, Massachusetts
16 April 2013
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
UNO Tribute to the Fallen
27 March 2013
This is to inform you of the passing of Theresa Iossi wife of VFW Nebraska Past State Commander John Iossi. Her service will be at the St. Isidore Catholic Church 3921 20th St, in Columbus Nebraska, Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:30 A.M.. Visitation will be Sunday March 31, 2013, 5 P.M. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Isidore Catholic Church.
John R. Liebsack
State Adjutant & Quartermaster
Department of Nebraska, VFW
NE Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
FRAUD ALERT: Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained.
The VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone.
In all cases, before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are taking to.
- The numbers to be avoided are:
- 800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
- 888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)
VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation, and will provide additional information and guidance as necessary. You can verify VA's customer service numbers online at http://bit.ly/1ekM369
Donations Secure Honor Flight
Generous donations have secured the next Honor Flight for Korean War veterans 25 March 2014.
Heroes with Hearing Loss Program
Through the Heroes with Hearing Loss Program, any veteran with a qualified hearing loss can receive a Hamilton CapTel® captioned telephone at no cost.
[ Forms & Info ]
MS & Parkinson's
Letter from Shawn Wilbur
News Release: 2012-04-15 - Norfolk Veterans' Home Receives Perfect Score
News Release: 2012-03-22 - VA Expands Medical Forms Program to Support Faster Claims Processing [DOC NR]
News Release: 2011-12-09 - Gulf War Illnesses [ PDF Flyer ]
USVA Dental Benefits Fact Sheet Forwarded by the Nebraska Department of
Veterans Affairs [FS 164-3 2010-09]
[ PDF Flyer/Summary ]
Earlier This Year
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2013, 11:30 a.m. CT
Jen Rae Wang, 402-429-4701
Sue M. Roush, 402-471-1970
Gov. Heineman Proclaims 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration
(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today met with members of veteran organizations including the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, the Nebraska Committee for the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War, and a group of Nebraska's Vietnam Veterans to proclaim the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War.
"I am honored to recognize our veterans who served in Vietnam," said Gov. Heineman. "As a veteran, I am pleased to represent a state where we demonstrate to our military personnel and veterans every day how much we appreciate their service. We are very grateful to our veterans for what they have done to protect our country."
Lieutenant General Claude M. Kicklighter, U.S. Army (retired), of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration presented Gov. Heineman with an official Commemoration Flag and a certificate signed by the Honorable Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense and General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff signifying the state of Nebraska's status as Commemorative Partner in this national effort.
"The Commemoration is an opportunity to recognize the honorable service and sacrifice of our Vietnam Veterans," said Department of Veterans Affairs Director John Hilgert. "It is an opportunity to provide comfort and support to the families and friends whose loved one's name is on the Wall. It is also an opportunity to educate those who have no first-hand knowledge of the war, from those who know it best, the men and women who served in Vietnam. I hope communities throughout Nebraska participate by hosting an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War."
Nebraska is only one of nine states in the nation to become a Commemorative Partner. Other Nebraska-based Commemorative Partners include Creighton University Army ROTC, Lancaster County Veterans Services, the Nebraska Association of Professional Veterans Advocates (NAPVA), University of Nebraska Army ROTC and the Vietnam Veterans of America Nebraska State Council.
Vietnam Veteran Greg Holloway of Bee, Neb. said, "The conflict in Vietnam had a profound impact, on all those that not only served, but the nation over all. This is a time to heal the wounds received from the battles abroad and at home. Join with us to remember the sacrifices of a great nation that helped to forge the freedom we take for granted."
The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Department of Defense to establish a nationwide program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration was formed to organize, recruit, support and facilitate events all across America to assist a grateful nation to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families. The program is veteran-focused, hometown-centric and currently includes more than 5,000 Commemorative Partners throughout the country.
For more information about the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, visit their website at http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/ and the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs website at http://www.veterans.nebraska.gov.
Veterans Day Specials
Vets Stand Down
CLICK ON LOCATION FOR DETAILS
GRAND ISLAND NE
VETERANS FIELD GUIDE:
30 September 2013
Services to Veterans that ARE & ARE NOT affected
Mental Health Summit
Fostering Community Partnerships
FRI 06 SEP 2013
8:30am - 3:30pm
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
600 S 70th ST
Registration Deadline 31 AUG 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fri., July 12, 2013, 8:25 a.m. CT
Jen Rae Wang, Gov.’s Ofc., 402-429-4701
Kathie Osterman, DHHS, 402-471-9313
Gov. Heineman Announces Kearney as Location of Central Nebraska Veterans Home
(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today announced Kearney as the new location of the Central Nebraska Veterans Home. Kearney was chosen through a thorough and open bidding process to replace the current 125-year-old Grand Island Veterans Home.
"This was not an easy decision," said Gov. Heineman. "We have four outstanding communities who submitted outstanding proposals. The proposals were financially stronger and better than we anticipated. I appreciate that each community focused on their strengths and what was best for veterans."
After the thorough review process, the Site Selection Committee recommended Kearney based on several factors of their comprehensive proposal including the financial proposal; the workforce development plan; and subsidized electrical, water and sewer rates and refuse discounts. Additional factors include no cost equipment such as compactors; the infrastructure and environmental proposals; the physical site; and their outstanding program enhancements which include the woodshop, kiln, library, chapel, landscaping, a veterans memorial, and transportation.
"The Kearney application was rated highest of the four quality applications we received," said John Hilgert, Director of the Division of Veterans Homes and Veterans Affairs. "Their application was comprehensive and responsive to all categories listed in the Request for Statement of Interest and Offer."
A request for statement of interest and offer was released on April 29 and four communities sent an offer. Those were North Platte, Kearney, Hastings and Grand Island. The site selection committee was made up of Carlos Castillo, Director, Department of Administrative Services; Catherine Lang, Director, Nebraska Department of Economic Development and Labor; and John Hilgert, Director, Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs and Director, Division of Veterans Homes within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The committee met with those interested in making an offer on May 10. The deadline for receipt of written questions and clarifications was May 17 with a response deadline of May 23. Final offers were due by June 11 and site visits by the committee were conducted on June 13 and 14.
Nine principal categories were evaluated and each category was assigned a score based on an overall model of 1200 points from nine categories. Those categories include physical factors, utilities and infrastructure, cultural factors, environmental factors, community services, regulatory factors, workforce factors, community support factors and program enhancements. Kearney received a score of 1033, Hastings 977, Grand Island 889 and North Platte 855.
Gov. Heineman signed LB 198 into law on May 25, allowing the appropriation of funds for capital construction and property acquisition. In compliance with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Communities current standards, one 225-bed long-term care facility will be constructed for use by veterans. The site must be located no farther than a two hour driving distance from the existing Grand Island Veterans Home, nor within a two hour driving distance of the other three existing Nebraska Veterans Homes located in Scottsbluff, Norfolk and Bellevue.
Additionally, The Schemmer Associates, whose home office is in Omaha was hired as consultants to aid in the selection process. Their cost was approximately $176,000 which included support of the site selection process and the submission of the application to the USVA which includes schematic and budgeting expenses. They helped valuate and score the different sites from a professional engineering viewpoint. This team assisted with veterans home site selection for the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home as well as planning and design projects including Iowa Veterans Home Master Plan Implementation in Marshalltown, IA; Madonna Manor (A Franciscan Living Community) in Villa Hills KY; Villa St. Benedict Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lisle IL; Immanuel Communities Lakeside Village Addition in Omaha; and Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in Beatrice NE.
In the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home, the resident rooms will be distributed among five services – Long-Term Care, Medically Complex, Dementia, Hospice, and Assisted Living in households of 12-15 members. The cost of the budgeted project is $121 million with an approximate cost of $102 million for the facility. The project funded by a federal and state match and would employee over 350 fulltime positions.
"I know I speak for every Nebraskan when I say how very proud we are of our military personnel and our veterans. We want to thank the staff and leadership of the Grand Island Veterans Home for the manner in which they take care of our veterans, and I hope that the staff and leadership at the current home will continue to be part of the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney," said Gov. Heineman.
Veterans' Home Board Meeting
THU 08 AUG 2013 9:00am MT
Western Nebraska Veterans Home
1102 West 42nd Street
A Salute to Veterans
03 July 2013
TD Ameritrade Park
7:15pm - Veterans' Salute
7:30pm - College Home Run Derby
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2013
Sue Roush, Gov.'s Ofc. 402-471-1960
William H. Wiley, DHHS, 402-471-6585
Gov. Heineman Announces Nebraska's Veterans' Homes Receive Perfect Scores
(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman today announced that all four Veterans' homes administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have received perfect scores on their most recent annual Health Care System Surveys from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Included are the Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home in Bellevue, the Grand Island Veterans' Home in Grand Island, the Western Nebraska Veterans' Home in Scottsbluff and the Norfolk Veterans' Home in Norfolk.
"This is a noteworthy achievement and shows the dedication of our veterans home employees," said Gov. Heineman.
The facilities had no deficiencies in the areas of life safety, resident care, environment, staff training and development, dietary-food service, banking and billing services for veterans, recreation/activities, medical staff credentialing, social work, and all areas related to quality assurance and care.
"Nebraska has a proud tradition of taking care of its veterans," said Gov. Heineman. "I recognize that serving those who served our country is important and the right thing to do. Achieving perfect survey scores demonstrates our commitment to providing quality care to veterans."
Survey teams from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are typically an interdisciplinary team comprised of three RNs, a Registered Dietician and a Life Safety Code expert from various parts of the country.
With a total capacity of 637 beds, the four Veterans' Homes provide a variety of medical, nursing and rehabilitative services, tailored to the needs of their members. Services range from assisted living care for members able to essentially care for themselves, to skilled nursing care. Members' health care services are administered by dedicated nurses, physicians, dieticians, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists and other professionally trained personnel.
"To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time all four Veterans' homes have achieved deficiency-free surveys in less than a year," said John Hilgert, Director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs. "It obviously represents extremely committed and competent staff members who live the mission of serving America's heroes with honor and respect."
The four Veterans' Homes in Nebraska strive to serve the unique needs of each member by providing high quality services and holistic long-term care in a homelike veterans' community.
Veterans Freedom Music Festival
Saturday, 15 June 2013
VA Health Care Campus
600 South 70th Street
Lincoln NE 8:30am - 9:00pm
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Hiring Our Heroes - Omaha
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
The DC Centre
11830 Stonegate Drive
10:00am to 1:00pm
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Monday, 27 May 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2013, 10:30 a.m. CT
Jen Rae Hein, 402-429-4701
Sue M. Roush, 402-471-1970
Gov. Heineman Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff on Memorial Day Morning
(Lincoln, Neb.) In accordance with an annual proclamation from the White House, Gov. Dave Heineman has ordered that U.S. and Nebraska flags be flown at half-staff until noon on Monday, May 27, at which point flag will be flown at full staff, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
"Our flags will fly at half-staff as a tribute to the courage and dedication of those who have sacrificed for our freedoms," said Gov. Dave Heineman. "Memorial Day is an opportunity to salute the heroes who have served our nation with honor and those who are serving today."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2013, 1:30 p.m. CT
Jen Rae Hein, 402-429-4701
Nebraskans Encouraged to Remember Sacrifices during 2013 Peace Officers' Memorial
Flags to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday
(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Heineman is reminding Nebraskans that U.S. and Nebraska flags will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15 in observance of Peace Officers' Memorial Day. President Barack Obama has sign a proclamation ordering flags to be flown at half-staff nationwide.
In 1994, a federal law was enacted encouraging the American flag to be lowered to half-staff every May 15 in remembrance of the thousands of law enforcement officers throughout our nation who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty to their fellow citizens.
In Nebraska, 134 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1866. Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice include federal, state, county, municipal and tribal agency officers, as well as railroad, game and parks, and correctional officers.
RECEIVED Wednesday 15 MAY 2013 10:49
Military Appreciation Night
Friday, 24 May 2013
Heartland Event Center
700 E. Stolley Park Road
Grand Island NE 7:00pm
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17 May 11am-7pm
18 May 9am-3pm
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Cruisin' Lincoln Car Show
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
VA Health Care Campus
600 South 70th Street
Lincoln NE 5:00 - 8:00pm
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World War II Commemoration Day
Wednesday, 08 May 2013
Governor Heineman Proclamation
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Hiring Our Heroes - Grand Island
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Heartland Event Center
700 E. Stolley Park Road
10:00am to 3:00pm
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Monday, 22 April 2013
Grand Island NE
VA HCS, Bldg 6
2201 N Broadwell Ave
10:00am - 2:00pm
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Gov. Heineman Named Advocate of the Year by National State VA Directors Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2013
(Lincoln, Neb.) The National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) announced the association's "Advocate of the Year" award to Gov. Dave Heineman, for his work on behalf of military service members, veterans and their families. NASDVA made the February announcement at a conference of state VA directors held in Alexandria, Va.
"NASDVA is proud to honor Gov. Heineman with this prestigious award for their tireless service and unwavering support they provide to the men and women of our Armed Forces and to their families," said Jim Willis, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs and NASDVA President.
Among Nebraska's veterans outreach initiatives, NASDVA applauded Gov. Heineman for his involvement in publicizing the state's "Not One More Life!" bumper sticker campaign that brings public awareness to the growing problem of military and veteran suicides. State VA directors also credited Gov. Heineman for taking a personal interest in promoting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Hiring Our Heroes" program; a national initiative that encourages employers to hire veterans.
Also honored was Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for her efforts in expanding assistance to Arizona military families who are experiencing financial hardships as a result of a deployed family member to a combat zone. Gov. Brewer was also cited for securing funding for the construction of Arizona's second veterans home in Tucson. In December 2012, Gov. Brewer traveled to Kuwait and Afghanistan to personally thank the men and women of her state for their service.
NASDVA is comprised of VA directors and commissioners of each state as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
26 March 2013
Governor Heineman Proclaims Tuesday, 9 April 2013
POW RECOGNITION DAY.
[Print & Post Proclamation]
Charlene Sheltraw, Administrative Assistant
Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs
Unscrupulous people trying to "take" your money!
Poaching Veterans' Pensions
Veterans and their families are a target for some dishonest advisers who are claiming to offer free help with paperwork for pension claims. The scheme involves attorneys, financial planners, and insurance agents trying to get veterans to make decisions about their pensions, without giving them the whole truth. These unscrupulous brokers try to convince veterans to transfer their assets to a trust or to invest in insurance products. What they don’t reveal is that these transactions could mean the loss of eligibility for Medicaid services or loss of access to their money for a long time. Adding insult to injury, the advisers are charging fees that range from hundreds to thousands of dollars for their services. Learn more: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0349-poaching-veterans-pensions